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DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 8, 8 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: UD Arena (13,435) -- Dayton, Ohio. Television: WHIO. Home Record: Miami 2-0, UD 3-1. Away Record: Miami 1-4, UD 1-0. Neutral Record: Miami 0-0, UD 2-1. Conference Record: Miami 0-0, UD 0-0. Series Record: UD leads, 68-61.
GAME NOTES: The Miami-Ohio RedHawks step into UD Arena on Saturday night to take on the Dayton Flyers in a non-conference matchup.
Miami is coming off Wednesday night's lopsided 94-68 loss at Evansville, its second straight setback. The RedHawks are on the third stop of a four-game road swing but won't be in action again until Dec. 19 at Wright State. They have notched just one win in five true road games this season.
Meanwhile, Dayton is starting a four-game homestand. The Flyers were also in action Wednesday night, picking up an 81-76 win at Alabama. The win was the Flyers' fifth in their last six outings.
Miami beat Dayton last year in overtime, 72-67. Still, UD had won the five previous meetings and leads the all-time series, 68-61.
The RedHawks were never able to recover after allowing Evansville to go on 10-0 and 7-0 runs in the first half of Wednesday's meeting. Miami tried to rally behind a 15-of-23 shooting effort in the second half (.652), but a 20- point halftime deficit proved too steep to overcome. The RedHawks were far too generous, as Evansville shot better than 60 percent from the floor in each half (.632 for the game) en route to a 94-point outburst. Miami's Allen Roberts tallied a team-high 15 points in the loss, while Jon Harris scored 13 and freshman Reggie Johnson finished with 11. On the season, Roberts paces the squad with 12.7 points per game, followed by Johnson with 11.0 ppg. Point guard Quinten Rollins (5.6 ppg, 4.6 apg) leads the Mid-American Conference with a 3.2 assist-turnover ratio.
Dayton is led by guard Kevin Dillard, who is averaging 15.3 points and 4.3 assists and is shooting at a 44-percent clip from beyond the arc (14-of-32). Also scoring in double figures for the Flyers are Vee Sanford (11.9 ppg), Josh Benson (11.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg) and Devin Oliver (10.1 ppg, 7.9 rpg). As a team, UD ranks second in the Atlantic 10 in field-goal percentage (.465) and 3-point shooting (.385) and is tied for third in defensive rebounding (29.6). After allowing a record-low five first-half points against Northern Illinois in their previous outing, the Flyers found themselves in a shootout Wednesday night against Alabama. Dillard scored 17 of his career-high 25 points in the first half, while Benson chipped in with 19 points and six boards and Sanford finished with 13 points. UD shot 8-of-19 from long range and won the rebounding battle, 37-28.
UD Arena has been a tough venue for opponents to play in, as the Flyers have held foes to 56.0 ppg and forced 20.5 turnovers per tilt at home this season. The RedHawks can ill-afford to let Dayton go on an early run and get the home crowd involved.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Dayton 79, Miami-Ohio 65
12/08 10:33:59 ET
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